The Laogai Research Foundation provides grants that support human rights programs and research into human rights abuse in China.
Research Fellowship Grant
Issued: March 3, 2020
Beginning Date : April 1, 2020
Application deadline: June 30, 2020
Award announcement: July 30, 2020
I. Program Outline:
This Grant is a non-annual, flexible program from the Laogai Research Foundation (LRF) based on available budget and other factors. It is characterized by small and short-term funding to promote and support individual’s research project focusing on human rights abuse in the following areas:
- Examining the Laogai system and its origin, background, expansion and consequences;
- Exposing the historical facts and consequences of China’s political campaigns between 1950s and 1960s, which served as the breeding ground for the Laogai regulation and institution;
- Uncovering new, detailed information about Laogai camp and regulation expansion in minority nationality areas;
- Revealing and analyzing any other form of repression of political or “thought criminals” by the Chinese Communist Party and the government of People’s Republic of China.
The format of the research project can be varied,including academic books, personal memoirs, research articles, film, translation, symposium, and publication subsidy.The language of the application and the research project can be either in English or in Chinese.
This grant does not support the multi-year project,and the completion period of the applied project is generally a one-year term. In the case of any formal publication, the applicant needs to provide a formal publication contract.
This Grant will mainly support applicants living in the United States and other democratic counties/regions, including Taiwan and Hong Kong. Due to the safety concerns for applicants, LRF will not accept any application from individuals who are currently living in mainland China.
II. Review Process:
A grant reviewpanel including the board directors of the Laogai Research Foundation, the Laogai Human Rights Organization, and some invited experts in the field will review all the applications after the application deadline of June 30, 2020. The award letter will be sent out around July 30, 2020.
The amount of awarded grants depends on the budget, the scale, and scope of the topic(s) of the project. The average awarded funding this timemay vary between $3000-$5,000.
III. Submission Guidelines:
Please apply electronically by emailing the following to email@example.com
- Application form
- Proof of the applicant’s legal status (copy of passport or other ID)
- Applicant’s Resume
- Project Narrative (in word file)
- Budget plan of requested LRF funding
- 1-3 recommendation letters
- Any related supporting materials such as publishing contracts
IV. LRF Acknowledgment:
An awarded individual needs to include a line of acknowledgment under his/her research project as such: “This project was supported in whole (or in part) by the Laogai Research Foundation.”
V. Contact info:
Laogai Research Foundation
Mailing address: 1901 18th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laogai Research Foundation
Small Humanitarian Aid Grant
Application start date: October 1, 2020;
Grant deadline: September 1, 2021
I. Project Outline:
The purpose of establishing this new small humanitarian aid grant under the Laogai Research Foundation is to directly support and help individuals who have contributed to and suffered due to promoting democracy, freedom, and human rights inside China.
II. Recipient Conditions:
1) The individual is being jailed or released after his/her detention for not less than one year;
2) The individual or his/her family has financial difficulties because of the suffering above;
3) The reason why the individual was detained was because of his/her pursue freedom of speech publicly;
4) The recipient agrees that the small grants are only used to improve their lives;
5) The recipient has not received other humanitarian assistance recently, or although the recipient has received it, but it is difficult to meet the needs.
III. Application Method and Amount of Aids:
Recipients should apply by themselves, their family members, or their agents, and send an application e-mail directly to this project of the Laogai Research Foundation.
The applicant should state his/her suffering case, provide evidence and contact information in the e-mail. Usually, there should be referees to verify the situation. The applicant who needs to receive assistance has an emergency and needshelp as soon as possible. For any special assistance requirements, the applicant can also explain in the applicable e-mail.
This project is a one-time small grant ranging from US$300-$1500.
IV. Contact Information:
Please use the following e-mail address to directly contact the Small Humanitarian Aid Program of the US Laogai Research Foundation: